Diet choices can be key to breast cancer prevention

When it comes to breast cancer prevention there are certain aspects people can’t control like genetics, race, gender and age. However there are health choices to make that can help prevent cancer.

“To maintain a healthy weight would reduce your risk significantly from having breast cancer,” explained Dr. Hajira Yasmin of Marshfield Clinic.

She said diet and exercise are the two biggest factor when it comes to your health.

Dietitian Kristene Schulte agrees.

“There is a strong link between exercise and healthy eating in helping to prevent cancer,” Schulte said.

What you’re eating matters — the quantity, as well as the quality of the food you are eating affects your body in many different ways. It’s good to avoid processed foods and eat a well balanced diet. And it is not just what you eat, it is what you drink.

“Research has found that any increase in alcohol can increase risk of cancer. So if you do, we recommend in moderation. One alcoholic beverage per day for women and no more than two for men,” she explained.

Dr. Yasmin echoed that guideline.

“Avoiding any other recreational drugs and alcohol is also going to help in your life choices,” she said.

When it comes to cancer prevention she said, screenings are the best way to stay healthy and catch anything early.

“Every time they come during their annual exam or if they are coming in after surgery or coming in after a life event like a child birth or anything like that… We can discuss the risk of breast cancer. We do see patients every year for a breast and pelvic exam.”

Doctor Yasmin wants people to know you can make these lifestyle changes at any time.

“You can start even at age 35 to 95. You can start bringing in these preventative strategies to improve your lifestyle choices at any stage in your life. It is never too late.”

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